On This Day

What Happened in February 1587

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I

ScotlandExecution of Mary Queen of Scots

Feb 8 Mary, Queen of Scots, is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle aged 44 after being convicted of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I in the Babington Plot
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Depiction of the execution on Mary, Queen of Scots at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire
Depiction of the execution on Mary, Queen of Scots at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 26 Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)

Famous Deaths


BattleMary, Queen of Scots

Feb 8 Mary, Queen of Scots [Mary Stuart] (1560-87), beheaded at 44

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots